English Idiom - Sink or Swim

Today's Ginseng English idiom is sink or swim.  If you dive into the water, there are literally only two choices: to sink or swim.  This idiom means that if you are put in a difficult position and given no help, so it's completely up to you if you fail (sink) or succeed (swim).  

Check out the examples below!


I started a new job but my boss was out sick, so I was left to sink or swim!

I didn't speak English when I went to the US, but I always wanted to see New York City, so I decided it was sink or swim!

After 4 years of college, students graduate and must find a job in the real world on their own.  They must sink or swim!

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